Update – 28/04/2022. We are accepting submissions for our next issue. Last date of submission is 15/06/2022. Please refer to our guidelines below.
Our online literary magazine, The Mean Journal is published every quarter.
We adore tales by storytellers who try to make sense of the little questions of existence through their works, and we are looking to publish passionate works by those who love this mad chaotic world despite everything.
While we have published both experienced and self-described hobby writers, we have a definite soft spot for newbies and first-time young writers, especially emerging writers/artists from the North East India, and we strongly encourage you to submit to us.
Our submission guidelines and policies are as below.
Publication Policy & Copyright:
Unless a piece has been solicited by the editor, we do not consider work that has previously been published either in print or online (including personal blogs etc.) By submitting to us, if accepted, you grant us first electronic rights and non-exclusive archival rights. All copyright and publication rights stay with the writer. However, if the piece is published elsewhere after, we request the courtesy of giving first publication credit to MeanPepperVine.
We accept short stories, flash fiction (upto 1000 words), non-fiction essays, photo essays, a body of artwork/illustrations, and travelogues. There is no word limit (except flash fiction) or specific genre requirement. We understand that some pieces may be fluid or may be difficult to categorize. We still encourage you to submit the piece and have a conversation with the editor on how to take it forward. We do not accept poetry or book review submissions at present.
All prose submissions are to be in a .doc/.docx format, double-spaced, Times New Roman Font Size 12 with the name of the writer on top with the title. <Name of Author> – <Title>
For photo essays, compressed images are to be submitted in jpeg or png format along with a .doc/.docx file of the accompanying words. We may later require you to mail us uncompressed images if the essay is accepted for publication.
We accept simultaneous submissions. However, if a piece is accepted and to be published elsewhere, the author should immediately inform us through the same mail.
We also accept multiple submissions (max 2 at a time). Please send in a separate mail for each entry.
If your work was published in our most recent issue, we request you to please wait for at least two submission cycles before submitting again.
How to Submit
All submissions are to be sent via email at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line – Submission – Author Name. We encourage you to include a brief 3rd person author bio (100 words maximum) along with your submission.
We do not charge a submission fee. And yes, we pay our authors for all published works. Our rates are Rs. 750/- for flash fiction, Rs. 1500/- for photo essays/travelogues, & non-fiction essays and Rs. 2000/- for short stories. We are completely transparent about our rates, so we find it necessary to mention here that rates for solicited/commissioned pieces will not follow the aforementioned slabs.
We follow an anonymous reading process for all submissions.
We are also voracious readers who often feel very generous, and send out books from our vast library to our contributors and MPV friends. If you feel that your work would find a good home with us, do send in your entries!
Please note that it may take at least a month to respond to your submissions. If you haven’t heard from us for more than a month, please don’t hesitate to send us a gentle reminder on your submission mail.
Once a piece has been accepted for publication, we will notify you via email on your submission mail. Please note that we may ask you to work with us on editorial changes.